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Autobiography in the Third Person: <i>Robert Greene 's Fiction and His Autobiography by Henry Chettle (1590–92)</i>

Meredith Anne Skura

in Tudor Autobiography

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226761879
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226761886.003.0009
Autobiography in the Third Person: Robert Greene 's Fiction and His Autobiography by Henry Chettle (1590–92)

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This chapter examines Robert Greene's Groatsworth of Witte, Bought with a Million of Repentance (1592). Greene was a notorious rakehell. One reason for the notoriety was that Greene had advertised his own dissolution. It was probably not very surprising when a pamphlet claiming to be Greene's deathbed repentance appeared in 1592, soon after his death. Greene had told his story one last time. It sounded just like something he would do. The trouble is that the confession fit expectations so perfectly that it did not need Greene to write it. Most scholars now believe that Henry Chettle, the supposed editor of Groatsworth, wrote or was at least the primary author of the pamphlet. The Groatsworth hoax is a landmark in the development of autobiography. It shows just how commonplace autobiography had become by that time.

Keywords: autobiography; forgery; Robert Greene; Henry Chettle; Groatsworth

Chapter.  9172 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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